France lashed with rain as Nimes submerged by 100mm of water

France: Extreme rainfall causes flooding in Nîmes

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Nimes, a city of some 150,000 people in southern France, has seen extreme levels of rainfall leading to severe flooding. Footage taken in the city on Tuesday and after night have shown the scale and speed at which flood waters rose. 

Video’s from the flood-stricken city show cars and entire streets underwater.

Rain is reported to have fallen as much as 100 millimetres every hour.

Emergency services in Nimes were called out as many as fifty times for reported “minor interventions,” according to regional news site The Connexion.

No major injuries or fatalities have been reported.

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Nimes resident @RaphBtd75 posted the footage on Wednesday along with the caption: “This video taken last night shows the remarkable rain intensity,

“With a sheet of water reaching 100 mm in 1 hour!

“Such quantities generate almost instantaneous runoff and flooding of low points.”

Europe on Wednesday unveiled the first of a 4 billion euro ($4billion) family of satellites designed to give earlier warning of extreme weather that has been causing havoc across the globe this year.

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The result of 12 years of development for the European Space Agency and 30-nation EUMETSAT, the MTG-I1 satellite will be launched by the end of this year on an Ariane 5 rocket and put sharper eyes in space over Europe and Africa.

The 3.8-tonne spacecraft will beam back images from next year and will be joined in geostationary orbit by three more MTG-I imaging satellites and two MTG-S “sounding” satellites capable of slicing the atmosphere, much like a medical scanner, by 2030.

The hope is that forecasters will gain precious hours in predicting near-term storms and floods that can cost lives.

And scanning the atmosphere will provide a better picture of current conditions to feed into their computerised models.

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“There is a real challenge today … to be able to compute the initial (weather) state,” said Herve Roquet, deputy director of research at Meteo France.

The initiative highlights a race to grapple with weather disruption exacerbated by global warming and which is estimated to have cost $100billion worldwide in 2021 alone.

While the MTG-I imaging satellites will bring Europe roughly in line with GOES-R operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, albeit with a newer lightning mapper, MTG-S will deploy sounders in space for the first time.

European officials say China has experimented with the technology with lower accuracy but is yet to deploy it, while acknowledging Beijing’s space programme is developing fast.

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